In a new report that highlights failures concerning the Gulf oil spill, EU legislators have been given further reason to administer precaution and put in place an oil drilling moratorium in European waters.

In a new report that highlights failures concerning the Gulf oil spill, EU legislators have been given further reason to administer precaution and put in place an oil drilling moratorium in European waters.

The conclusion made by the US Oil Spill Commission states that “the missteps were rooted in systemic failures by industry management…and also by failures of government to provide effective regulatory oversight of offshore drilling.”

The report also finds that without significant reform in both industry and government policies, the catastrophe could well happen again.

On the basis that a full review - and if necessary the appropriate reform - of European oil drilling practises has not yet taken place, the findings act as a glaringly obvious signal to the European Union and the OSPAR Commission for the immediate need of a moratorium on the drilling of new wells in European waters.

Without such a moratorium, European marine life and livelihoods are being put in danger each and every day due to the unknown risks related to the offshore drilling for new oil and the horrendous consequences that a comparable spill to that of the BP Deepwater Horizon would entail.


Photograph by the US Coast Guard

For more information on the US Oil Commission’s report:

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